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An avid doll collector and artist who enjoyed coffee and sweets. A little girl at heart who quickly bonded with her grandchildren and always had just the right toy on hand.
This was Lucy Brownsworth (also known to her family as Grandma Lulu). She was a creative and talented lady who will be missed by many.
Lucy died July 26 in Kennewick after battling breast cancer and Alzheimer's. She was 85.
Lucy's life started on June 23, 1929, in Rainier, Ore., where she was born to Myrtle Hurt and Percival E. Wood. She was raised in Rainier, Prescott and Portland, Ore., with lots of loving aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Lucy later married the love of her life, Charles D. Brownsworth. He had a nice car and would take her to the beach. He died March 14, 1994.
They had two children, Mitch (Gail) Brownsworth and Debi (Jack) Lynch, all of Kennewick.
Lucy is survived by her grandchildren JoDee Taylor, of Falls City, Wash., Dennis Brownsworth, of Kennewick, Kyle Lynch of Moses Lake, and Scott Lynch of Kennewick, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her siblings are Betty Spence, Percy Wood and Brent Wood.
Lucy was preceded in death by her mother Myrtle and Easton Hurt, father Percival E. and Beth Wood and brother Paul Wood.
As a child and later as an adult, Lucy loved the Columbia River. She would hide in her dad's or uncle's boats under tarps so she could go with them to fill the kerosene lanterns in the channel marker dolphins in the lower river. She would run on the beach and the wooden sidewalks high above the blackberry bushes, visiting grandparents, aunts and uncles. They would try to make her eat because she was always very tiny.
She was active in her sorority in high school, always a social butterfly.
She moved to Kennewick in 1963 across the street from her dear friend Edie Johnson. Then later, they both took up painting. Lucy was successful as an artist, plus taught classes for years. She was a member of Beaux Arts and Appleseed Gallery. She participated in many art shows. It was a family affair moving Lucy and setting up her display.
Lucy was also an accomplished seamstress, making her kids' clothes, costumes, wedding dress and later porcelain dolls and Christmas decorations, which she sold at the craft shows.
She helped start the bowling league at Vineyard Lanes, where she made lifelong friends, especially Judy Carl and Donna Keller. True friendship is a gift. They had coffee together two or three times a week until the day before she died. How do you say thank you to two women who played such a loving, important, support role in our sweet mother's life? We will always love both of you.
Lucy loved going to the cabin in Kalama, Wash., on the Columbia River. Her family had been going there since 1902.
Lucy and her daughter, Debi, shared a love of doll collecting, pretty dishes and family things. Everything had a story to it. We traveled a great deal together, including trips to Europe, the family cabin, visiting the beach, and the ranch.
Mom loved to hear her son Mitch play the guitar and sing to her. He played music to her the entire night before she died. It gave her great comfort.
Thank you to Hospice for their loving care.
Thank you to Hope Morris, who was mom's caregiver. Your loving patience was wonderful.
At Lucy's request there will be no service. There will be an open house and celebration of her life Saturday, Aug. 2, at her daughter's home, at 3507 W. 36th Loop, Kennewick. Please come and share your memories of Lucy.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to the Alzheimer's or breast cancer association.
Published in Tri-City Herald from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014